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Next Phase of Grey Street Revamp Revealed



It is hoped that work will start later this year on the latest stage of changes to the beloved Georgian thoroughfare, which has been rethought after a backlash from cyclists.

Council bosses unveiled their vision to remove all traffic from Grey Street in Newcastle just over a year ago, the headline act in a proposed £50m overhaul of the city centre. A temporary redesign of the beloved Georgian street has been in place since 2020, with road space given over to create more room for cyclists, pedestrians, and pavement cafes during the pandemic.

The next phase of the scheme will see all pay and display parking spots and taxi bays axed from the iconic thoroughfare. Latest designs, which are currently out to public consultation, show Grey Street with a single lane of road that would be for southbound traffic only – with significantly widened pavements on either side and a new seating area surrounded by plants. Four new loading bays will also be installed to give vehicles access to local businesses.

A council spokesperson confirmed that the ultimate aim is still to fully pedestrianise Grey Street, though its transformation is now planned to happen in just two phases rather than the original four. It is hoped that work on this stage of the scheme will begin later this year.

In January, cyclists complained that they would be effectively banned from riding up the street because the council’s plans axed a northbound cycle route. But transport chiefs have now rethought the proposal and will include such a provision, although it is not shown in the concept image released by the local authority.

Sally Watson, of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign, said: “We are extremely pleased to see that the council has reinstated two-way cycling on the most recent plans for Grey Street. The city centre desperately needs more streets like this which are safe for cycling so that more people can use this inexpensive and climate-friendly form of transport.

“Given the likely low levels of traffic on the street, this new layout should work well. We’d love to see continuous pavements running the length of the street so that pedestrians have an equally high quality environment.”

The council’s vision for the city centre also includes removing all traffic from Blackett Street, though that is subject to the outcome of a public inquiry triggered by opposition from bus companies. Designs were also revealed last week for a proposal to pave over Hippy Green, while the regeneration of Northumberland Street will include the installation of 11 50ft-tall lighting pillars.


Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United



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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..


“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”


Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.


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Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living



A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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STACK Newcastle Bosses Scrap Plans For Christmas Pop-Up Venue



The owners of STACK have confirmed that there won’t be a pop-up version in Newcastle this Christmas, as plans have been shelved.

At the end of September it was reported that STACK’s owner, Danieli Group, were hoping to bring the brand back to the heart of Newcastle after its Pilgrim Street site was demolished earlier this year, after becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors since 2018. The pop-up, close to the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, looked set to be a massive draw before STACK makes its permanent return to the city next year, was planned to feature a number of shipping container bars, a new take on its famous Hadrian’s Tipi, street food vans, a stage and large screen, all on one level.

But, it has now been announced that the proposed STACK festive pop-up won’t be happening anymore. Confirming the decision, Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group said that while it was sad news that the pop-up would no longer take place, it meant the company can forge ahead with the Worswick Chambers plan.

He commented: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began,” he said.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

In recent weeks it has announced new developments in Lincoln, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Carlisle.

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